JM Rieger @RiegerReport Video Editor, The Washington Post • [email protected] Jun. 28, 2019 1 min read

If you haven’t already, @mviser’s March deep-dive on Joe Biden and busing is a must-read. 

When Biden entered the Senate in 1973, Gallup asked Americans whether they thought busing children from one neighborhood to another was the best means of integrating the nation’s public schools.

5% favored the approach, including 9% of blacks. 

Sanders and Gillibrand told @McCormackJohn they supported reinstating busing policies that Biden opposed after Thursday’s debate.

A Harris spokesperson said:

“We haven’t put a plan out on that or anything, but she supports desegregation.” 


Biden on busing in 1975:

“The new integration plans being offered are really just quota systems to assure a certain number of blacks, Chicanos, or whatever in each school. That, to me, is the most racist concept you can come up with." 

Univ. of Delaware prof. Leland Brett Ware:

“There [was] opposition to busing from white suburbanites but also a number of black city people [objected] to busing because they [felt] their children [were] not being treated fairly in the suburban districts” 

When asked directly by Gallup in 1981 whether they favored busing to achieve racial balance in schools, 60 percent of black respondents said yes, compared with just 17 percent of whites. 

LEON PANETTA on busing and BIDEN:

“Frankly, Joe would be better off to say [his opposition to busing] was a mistake and kind of move on. Because, frankly, it was important to the effort to provide equal education.” 

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